The UCLA Division of Head and Neck Surgery celebrated the naming and dedication of the Jack H. Skirball UCLA Cochlear Physiology Laboratory in the Rehabilitation Center on August 12, 2009, in recognition of The Skirball Foundation’s generous support of the Cochlear Implant Program. This program helps make possible research into more effective treatments for hearing loss and the availability of more cochlear implants for indigent patients, particularly youngsters. The event also recognized the close friendship Mr. Skirball shared with Dr. Victor Goodhill, world-renowned UCLA otologic surgeon for whom the Victor Goodhill Ear Center at UCLA was named. Dr. Gerald Berke, chief of the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, welcomed Dr. Uri Herscher, founding director and president of the Skirball Cultural Center; Ms. Kathryn Girard, its chief of staff; and division supporters. Also present were Dr. Akira Ishiyama, director of the Cochlear Implant Program, and Dr. Rinaldo Canalis, professor-in-residence.
Mattel Party on the Pier – the signature fundraiser for Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA – celebrated its 10th anniversary on October 18, 2009, at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The hospital honored Shawn and Larry King, who were married in Mr. King’s UCLA Medical Center room just before he underwent heart surgery and who had their two sons delivered at UCLA. Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA relies on Mattel Party on the Pier to provide unrestricted funds needed to support its pediatric faculty and bring children the very best in medical care.